[gccsdk] !PDF

Chris Gransden chrisg at care4free.net
Mon May 21 09:55:32 PDT 2012


It's been a long time but I've at last switched the back end of !PDF to the
Poppler (v.0.20.0) PDF rendering library. See
http://poppler.freedesktop.org. This brings many immediate benefits plus
future ones too.

I've uploaded a test version of !PDF (3.03.1.25alpha 4) here
http://www.cgransden.co.uk/pdftest.zip. The application folder is named
!PDFtest so it can be run alongside the existing version for comparison.
It's a bit rough around the edges but should be ok.

The save menu has expanded to include,

Save 'Page as png', 'Page as jpeg', 'Page as pdf' and 'Page as html'.
If you combine !Netsurf with the 'Cyberbit' font it's possible to create
'Draw' files with non latin characters from the exported the html page.
Chinese seems to work ok.

The majority of the changes are behind the scenes. One visible benefit is
'Bitmap' mode should render pages more accurately.

Chris.

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